Discovery Room

The 1939 dairy ell was originally intended to house thirty Holstein cows. The ell was built by Pittsfield contractors following a plan from the Louden Farm Machinery Company of Fairfield, Iowa.

Today, the Discovery Room is our hands-on center of the Village. You can weave on a child-size loom, spin wool, or construct a Shaker chair. Farm related activities include watching baby chicks hatch or milking MaryJane, a life-size milkable replica of a Holstein cow. Try on Shaker-style clothing – our Discovery Room staff is happy to take that memorable “Shaker” portrait for you. See the Village through the eyes of a Shaker child on our Young Shakers’ Tour.

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